Tomeu Coll / Badlands

Posted March 20, 2012

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Tomeu Coll is based in Spain and New York City.

“The Heart is a lonely hunter with only one desire! To find some lasting comfort in the arms of anothers fire…driven by a desperate hunger to the arms of a neon light, the heart is a lonely hunter when there’s no sign of love in sight!”

—Carson McCullers

The lands surrounding the place where I live most of the time are full of hidden mysteries. I started to photograph these mysteries many years ago without any idea in my mind, just for the pleasure to do it. But slowly I discovered an imaginary lands, unparalleled beauties that broken my night time. I called these fields Badlands. Maybe I was searching the forgotten ancestors who died here. Every day I need to caught the light into the camera through these Badlands, to see, like Garry Winogrand said, how it looks after photographed.


After his interest in cinematic production in which he experimented with old 16mm and 35mm cameras, Tomeu Coll found in photography a means of taking control of the whole process of production without the need for intermediaries. At the University in Barcelona he specialized in photojournalism and a few years later was hired as an assistant to Donna Ferrato in New York, where he also had the opportunity to work one day with Philip Jones Griffiths. He is currently working on his own projects, faithful to the analogic system.